Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

CDC Admits It Catered To Teachers Unions With School Reopenings

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Cecil Davis | 17 February, 2021, 21:30

In addition to guidelines on when to open, the CDC continued to encourage schools to implement mask, social distancing and other guidelines.

He said comments by White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this month that one day a week of in-person learning would meet his goal were "a mistake in the communication". And there is a pretty obvious possibility that more than a few people have declared to be behind this: the fact that teachers unions - a key ally of the Democratic Party - have resisted this guidance, saying teachers need to be vaccinated. "Which is exactly what we are doing".

"It's not a trick question", he said.

After the novel coronavirus spread around the country early past year, schools were forced to close their doors and shift learning online.

"The cases are more than two and a half fold times what we saw over the summer", Walensky said.

Schools open for in-person instruction can decide to remain open even at high levels of community transmission, the CDC said - but those decisions should be guided on school-specific factors, such as the number of cases among students, teachers and staff.

Repeatedly now - and twice on Wednesday morning alone - top officials have strained to avoid subscribing to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's position that schools can reopen without teachers being vaccinated. But the decision is ultimately up to the states: 28 states plus the District of Columbia are now allowing some or all of their teachers and school staff to receive Covid-19 vaccines.

Mr. Biden has proposed $130 billion in funds for K-12 schools in his $1.9-trillion Covid-19 relief plan, now before Congress.

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Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher risk communities, including on reserves and in urban communities. In Ontario , an estimated 467,626 doses have been administered and 174,643 people are now fully vaccinated.

Biden said that smaller class sizes should be in place, and more teachers should be hired to man these smaller classes.

The Biden administration is trying to get enough Americans vaccinated to achieve "herd immunity" and allow life to return to a semblance of normalcy. Some Republicans circulated a clip of that line on Twitter, noting that the vaccine became available during former President Donald Trump's administration.

"That's what was reported, that's not true", Biden said. More than 55 million doses have been administered.

During the town hall, the president also reiterated his opposition to calls by some on the left to defund police departments, and suggested he would be willing to take a piecemeal approach to changing immigration laws.

Asked when the nation would see kindergarten through eighth grades back to in-person learning five days a week, Biden said, "We'll be close to that at the end of the first 100 days".

The trip also comes just three days after the Senate acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial. The new president said Tuesday he was ready to move on.

"For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump". In response to a questioner who was having trouble getting her college-age son with a chronic illness vaccinated, Biden explained that as president he could only set some policies for the federal government but could not mandate states to prioritize particular groups, although he offered to stay on after the town hall ended to try to get the woman some help. "I'm exhausted of talking about Trump".